ABOUT APFCM

 

HISTORY

The Police Chaplaincy was started by Chaplain Bert McQueen in 1980.  In 1986, APCM was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry. APCM provides services to another one regardless of faith, sex, race, etc.

APFCM has approximately 100 Chaplains throughout Alaska that either were introduced to Chaplaincy or joined the ranks as chaplain and have asked to be included with APFCM. They provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Last year this accounted for over 57,500 hours of service. Additionally there are over 300 Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) volunteers. APFCM has trained over 700 individuals in ICISF courses.

PURPOSE AND GOALS: The Purpose and Goals of APFCM  are to start and develop new chaplaincies, recruit new chaplains to serve throughout Alaska and provide Training: e.g., Chaplains training, CISM training and other appropriate training to equip the chaplains for the work of the ministry. Our primary focus is on the officers, fire personnel and emergency services staff then the communities they serve.
The Alaska Police and Fire Chaplains Ministries (APFCM) is associated with: The Internation Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF); Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) ; the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC);Federation of Fire Chaplain. Chaplains associated with APFCM are encouraged to become members of ICPC. Examples of Services:

Police and Fire chaplains are specifically trained to work in Traumatic Events. Many have ICS training and participate with Emergency Operation Centers. APFCM  also is the spiritual response advisor for the Alaska VOAD, APFCM Chaplains provide a variety of support services to the law enforcement/fire agencies and the communities they serve throughout Alaska.  Listed below are some of the ways chaplains are used:

  • assist and advise officers and firefighters with personal and professional issues
  • assist and advise other members of the department
  • assist and advise family members of officers, firefighters and other personnel
  • visit sick or injured officers, firefighters, personnel and family members
  • assist in making death notifications
  • provide assistance/crisis intervention to victims of traumatic incidents
  • provide training in a wide range of related topics; e.g., suicide, death notifications, stress management, grief, ethics, family life, pre-retirement courses, several ICISF courses, etc.
  • Coordinate serve as part of the crisis intervention response debriefing team and provide CISM programs
  • assist in suicide incidents
  • serve as a liaison with other clergy in the community
  • furnish expert answers to religious questions; e.g., culture, different beliefs, rituals, etc.
  • participate in formal functions
  • serve on review boards, award boards, Internal Review boards and other committees